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Your Week in Pop Culture: An open (love) letter to Peyton Manning

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Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown of greatness for NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. (Source: Wiki Commons/MGN Online) Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown of greatness for NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. (Source: Wiki Commons/MGN Online)

(RNN) – Dear Peyton: Allow this letter to be an apology for everyone who's constantly putting your "legacy" on blast. In an interview with Dan Patrick, you said weren't completely sure what "legacy" meant. I am sure most don't know the definition either, especially since Merrian-Webster defines it as a noun most used when someone dies.

The Denver Broncos' Super Bowl XLVIII loss did not grant you peace regarding talk of what you'll leave behind after you hang up your cleats for good. The entire Broncos team played poorly, including you, but it's all heaped on your broad shoulders. You shouldn't get a pass, but you don't play defense or special teams. Everyone wants to grant greatness based on championship rings and wins, and revel in the critique of others when they aren't in that man's shoes. That is clearly the case with you, Peyton.

I know what it's like to be a type A personality: constantly seeking perfection and humbly securing success through persistent hard work and study, all of which can be undermined by a few miscues and unravel around you. On Sunday, the world pointed its finger at your greatest flaw – being outsmarted – and said you weren't worthy of being called great because the team didn't win.

For more than 20 years, you've been judged relentlessly. You went from highly-recruited high school prodigy to SEC record-setter at the University of Tennessee. But as you went 0-3 versus the Florida Gators, the narrative that you couldn't win "the big one" began. Some thought Ryan Leaf should've been drafted No. 1 overall in 1998. We know how that turned out.

In the eight years between being drafted and winning Super Bowl XLI, you were surpassed with talks of Tom Brady's greatness as you shattered records, including Dan Marino's 20-year-old single-season touchdown record in 2004. Brady topped you in 2007, but you regained it in 2013. Despite the records shattered, pundits refer to you as a "great regular-season quarterback" because of your 11-12 career playoff record. Had Dwight Clark not held on to Joe Montana's pass in 1982, would critics say the same about him? Had John Elway's last two Super Bowl attempts ended like his first three, would they say his resume is incomplete?

The sadness in your eyes during the Super Bowl post-game press conference is maddening for someone who respects your unparalleled work ethic and skill set, but I'm sure it fuels your constantly burning fire. It's unfair for someone like you, Peyton, to constantly be asked what your legacy means. You're 38 years old, not dead and you have three years left on your contract.

So, as you battle back after this huge loss during the most-watched television event in U.S. history, this is a love letter to you, Peyton Manning. You're a humble, intelligent, classy and handsome 6'4", 230-pound quarterback with a laser rocket arm and respect for the game that's been instilled in your blood. It's time those who watch the game respect you the same way.

Television: Benedict Cumberbatch takes his adorableness to ‘Sesame Street'

Attention Benedict Cumberbatch fans with children: you are now able to fan girl (or fan boy) over the most popular British thespian around as your little ones watch Sesame Street.

Cumberbatch makes an appearance on the long-running children's series to crack the case of how many pieces of fruit are presented to him with the help of Murray and Count von Count.

Now, for those of you who want to imagine Cumberbatch in a more mature setting, make sure your children aren't watching and enjoy his famous recitation of R. Kelly lyrics. You'll enjoy it - promise.

Music: Did you hate the hasty cutoff of the monster rock performance at the Grammys? Don't worry, it's on YouTube

Are you a fan of Queens of the Stone Age? Upset that their performance with Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham was cut off during this year's Grammys telecast? Have no fear, the rehearsal for their 2014 Grammys performance is online.

What's even better than seeing Nine Inch Nails and QOTSA perform together at the Grammys? Being fortunate enough to travel to Australia and catch them perform on their month-long tour in March. Details for their tour can be found on the Frontier Touring website.

Jam of the Week: Queens of the Stone Age, The Vampyre of Time and Memory

The video for their Like Clockwork single was a part of a series of videos produced by The Creator's Project, a joint venture by Vice and Intel where creative innovators make performance projects through multimedia. The website features a director's cut of the video and an interactive section surrounding the video.

Movies: Super Bowl XLVIII stalls opening weekend for ‘That Awkward Moment'

The Super Bowl may have caused many regular moviegoers to stay home this past weekend, stalling the opening weekends of That Awkward Moment and Labor Day. But it didn't stop the Kevin Hart comedy Ride Along for pulling a three-peat atop the box office.

Here's last weekend's Top 5, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):

  1. Ride Along (1) $12,035,720
  2. Frozen (4) $8,933,513
  3. That Awkward Moment (NR) $8,742,109
  4. The Nut Job (3) $7,278,450
  5. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (6) $5,310,447

In theaters: Feb. 7

The Lego Movie - The classic tale of a regular guy saving the world from a menacing ruler, played by Legos. How could this not be awesome? The film stars the voice talents of Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Will Ferrell, Will Forte, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill, Keegan-Michael Key, Liam Neeson and Shaquille O'Neal.

The Monuments Men – Based on the true story of a World War II platoon comprised of intellectuals whose task is to recover priceless pieces of art stolen by Nazis and return it to its rightful owners.

The cast stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett.

Also in theaters: Vampire Academy, A Field in England, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, The Pretty One

Tumblr of the week: Awesome People Hanging Out Together

Ever wondered if Shaquille O'Neal and Microsoft mastermind Bill Gates ever hung out together? Yes, they have, and the photo where Shaq holds Gates like his little nerdy baby is part of a collection of celebrity photos on the Tumblr blog Awesome People Hanging Out Together.

The photo collection also includes the pairings of Snoop Dogg/Lion and Martha Stewart, Vincent Price and Alfred Hitchcock, and Sammy Davis Jr. and Martin Luther King Jr., among others.

A little something from YouTube: A mega cut of your favorite ‘get down' movie moments

The great YouTube channel Screen Junkies is at it again with a jumbo popcorn-sized supercut of one of film's best action lines: GET DOWN!

So don't get caught in the line of fire – GET DOWN and don't get hurt!

A little something from YouTube, pt. 2 – the cutest donkey ever smiles on command

There are a many photogenic animals in the animal kingdom, but most people never expect a sweet smile from a donkey.

In this YouTube video, a friendly donkey grins on command for a family recording a trip to an Arizona ostrich farm.

Honorable Mention

How a conspiracy theorist crashed the Super Bowl press conference – Raycom News Network

Jared Lorenzen: Still playing football, still enormous, still an American heroSB Nation

Your Week in Music: Chili Peppers played air guitar during the Super Bowl – Raycom News Network

Teen girl asks Disney to make a plus-size princessTime Newsfeed

21 reasons why CM Punk is loved by the WWE universeBuzzFeed

Ted Danson tells Conan about the time he did ‘shrooms with Woody Harrelson and stopped breathingUPROXX

Latest ‘Vanity Fair' cover praised for diversity – CNN

(Dis)honorable mention

Social media depicts disarray at Sochi Olympics – Raycom News Network

Philly radio host gets all homophobic in email fight with listenerDeadspin

Rep: DMX not confirmed to fight George Zimmerman in charity boxing match – CNN

Redskins lied about not paying horrible people to defend team nameDeadspin

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